Fallen soldier to receive posthumous honor (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 04.26.12, 10:39)
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Golani soldier who was killed by friendly fire in August terror
attack near Eilat receives bravery decoration from IDF chief of
Staff. ´Without him attack would have been much worse´
The IDF announced on Wednesday that it would grant an honorary
citation to fallen soldier First Sergeant Major Moshe Naftali, a
Golani reconnaissance unit combatant who was killed during a terror
attack in August. Naftali was killed by friendly fire when the patrol
he was on engaged terrorists near the Israel- Egypt border.
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz approved the decision to grant a
posthumous medal of honor to Naftali in appreciation of his valor
during the terror attack.
The decoration was recommended by Golani Brigade Commander Ofek
Buchris, noting that Naftali´s quick and determined actions prevented
the terrorists from carrying out an attack on a much wider scale.
The decision to award the decoration also emphasized the quick
response of the unit that blocked the terrorists´ plans. It was
mentioned that the assailants were well trained and equipped with
grenades, firearms, vests, cable ties, and other weapons.
According to IDF estimates, if it wasn´t for Naftali´s uncompromising
efforts, the terrorists would have executed their original plan of a
large scale attack with major ramifications.
The initial incident investigation declared that Naftali led his
troops professionally and decisively, and his actions were essential
for quickly stopping of the attack. Naftali´s mother, Shula, spoke
after his death: "As his mother I know he fought courageously."
His father, Yossi, eulogized Moshe, saying his son never did anything
halfheartedly. "Even now he went all the way, and left us," he said.
"His courage and valor will always be remembered, regardless of the
fact that he was killed by friendly fire," Shira Gat, a close friend
of Moshe´s told Ynet. "The fact he was the first to engage and
respond with force is unique to Moshe. Maybe his death was a result
of a mistake. Either way, he is not with us any more, so it doesn´t
Moshe Naftali, 22, enlisted in 2009 after studying for a year and a
half in the Keshet IDF military preparatory school.
The terrorist attack in August near Ein Netafim claimed the lives of
seven more people: Sisters Flora Gez and Shula Karlinsky and their
husbands, Moshe Gez and Dov Karlinsky who were shot to death in their
vehicle on their way to a vacation in Eilat, Officer Paskal Avrahami,
driver of private car Yosef Levi and bus driver Yitzhak Sela.
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